Virtual Learning

Virtual Learning Option

In compliance with Section 161.670, RSMo, McDonald County R-I School District allows students to access virtual learning opportunities when it is determined to be in the best educational interest of the student. The district has selected two preferred providers for virtual learning. For students in grades K-5 the preferred provider is the LAUNCH program (www.fueledbylaunch.com).  The preferred provider for grades 6-12 is Edgenuity (www.edgenuity.com). Both Launch and Edgenuity are MOCAP approved programs recognized by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in Missouri. Parents still have the opportunity to enroll their chidren in any of the MOCAP approved virtual learning programs and are not limited to only the district's preferred providers. You can find more information here about the Missouri Course Access and Virtual School Program.

Online learning is a unique opportunity that is not for everyone. If you are interested in this for your student, the McDonald County R-1 School District will walk you through the steps to determine if taking an online course would best meet the needs of your student. Successful candidates for online learning are receiving instruction by teachers certified in the State of Missouri and are typically students who:

  • Are self-motivated and can work independently with little direction

  • Frequently check email and are comfortable using technology

  • Consistently meet deadlines and successfully pass all seated courses

  • Can advocate for themselves and ask for assistance if they are having difficulty with a course

  • Possess solid communication skills needed to interact appropriately with classmates and teachers in an online setting

  • Have obtained a proficient or advanced Lexile status with regard to grade-level reading expectations

Additional Virtual Learning Details

1) The student must be enrolled in the McDonald County R-I School District as a full-time student OR the student must have been enrolled in a public school as a full-time student the semester prior to requesting virtual coursework. Students must meet and maintain all pertinent residency requirements of the district. 

2) Acceptance into the virtual program for students with an IEP or 504 will primarily be based upon the decision of the IEP/504 team as they determine the best educational placement for the individual student.

3) Once students successfully complete courses within the semester dates, students may take online courses in subsequent semesters. Student performance will be reviewed each semester. Students who fail or fail to progress in online courses may be required to return to seated, on-campus instruction in subsequent semesters.

4) The district is not required to provide students access to or pay for courses beyond the equivalent of full-time enrollment. The district will pay the cost of a virtual course ONLY if the district has first approved the student’s enrollment in the course. Even if a student or his or her parents/guardians pay the costs for a virtual course, the student or parents/guardians should meet with the principal or designee prior to enrollment to ensure that the course is consistent with the student's academic and personal goals.

6) Students are required to take state-required MAP or EOC examinations administered by the district regardless of whether the course for which the examination is required was taken virtually or in the traditional classroom.

7) Students taking courses virtually are subject to district policies, procedures and rules applicable to students enrolled in traditional courses including, but not limited to, the district's discipline code and prohibitions on academic dishonesty, discrimination, harassment, bullying, and cyberbullying.